Geography and Environment


ESRC research grant to examine the nation’s lack of engagement with politics

8 April 2014

A new grant will enable an interdisciplinary University team from Geography and Politics make a significant contribution to understanding and addressing what is a major concern in contemporary British society.

Southampton scientists contribute to IPCC report

4 April 2014

University of Southampton researchers have had a high-profile role in creating the world’s most comprehensive report on climate change.

New project to help millions of people living in deltas adapt to climate change

2 April 2014

Researchers from the University of Southampton are leading an international project to understand the effect of climate change on people living in deltas in South Asia and Africa, and how they respond.

Research suggests Autumn is ending later in the northern hemisphere

27 March 2014

A study by the University of Southampton suggests that on average the end of Autumn is taking place later in the year and Spring is starting slightly earlier.

Learning how rivers behave in extreme conditions

3 March 2014

Getting caught in one of the biggest floods Cambodia has seen in years wasn't part of Geography and environment research fellow Chris Hackney's fieldwork plans - but it turned out to be a great opportunity for scientists to learn how rivers behave in extreme conditions.

PhD student internship at the Department of Health

17 February 2014

Josh Green, PhD Student in Geography and environment has completed an internship at the Department of Health.

Award winning student

10 February 2014

Michael Allchin, MSc in Geographical Information Systems (Online) student has won joint first prize for his dissertation in this year’s GIScRG Masters Dissertation competition. Titled ‘Application of growing self-organising maps to the data-driven classification of hydrological catchments’, Michael's dissertation explored the potential of Growing Self-Organising Maps, a type of Artificial Neural Network which implements unsupervised data mining, to characterise and classify catchments throughout the Province of Alberta, on the basis of comprehensive descriptions of landscape Form, climate Forcing, hydrometrically-manifested Function, and a combination of all of these.

Research gives new insight into diet of large ancient mammals

7 February 2014

An international team of researchers, including Professor Mary Edwards at the University of Southampton, has used DNA testing to give a unique view of the diet of large mammals which roamed the northern hemisphere in the last ice-age.

Winter edition of Geography and Environment newsletter now online

29 January 2014

Our Winter edition of Altitude is now available for you to view online below.

In the media

29 January 2014

David Sear, Professor in Physical Geography from Geography and Environment appeared on the BBC News channel on Monday (27th January) talking about the recent period of flooding and responding to the current situation in Somerset. He pointed out that floods start on the land, and that along with targeted dredging where it can be shown to be beneficial, other solutions are needed, including working with farmers in the headwaters to reduce the release of water and sediment into lowland rivers.